Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Next Let's Talk...Genealogy Meeting is this Wednesday, June 13, 2018!

This Wednesday, June 13, at 7 p.m. in the Local History and Genealogy Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library is this month's MCGG Let's Talk...Genealogy meeting. Our topic for the night is ... Queries from a Hat. 


Drop your genealogy question or problem in the hat and we will draw them one by one. Let's see how many we can answer together.

New attendees are always welcome.


Have a safe Summer and ...

See you soon at the Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Monday, June 4, 2018

AncestryDNA Sale for Father's Day, Autosomal DNA Tests Now $69

Ancestry has put its autosomal DNA test, AncestryDNA, on sale for Father's Day. Regularly $99, the autosomal DNA test is now just $69 plus taxes and shipping until June 18, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

AncestryDNA without a data/records membership subscription provides an ethnicity estimate, migrations, DNA matches, contacting matches, automatic updates to results, and shared matches. AncestryDNA with a data/records membership subscription also gives you New Ancestor Discoveries, DNA Circles, Shared Ancestor Hints, Full access to matches' public trees, List of surnames in matches' trees, and list of birth locations in matches' trees. AncestryDNA does not provide a chromosome browser tool.
Don't have an Ancestry data/records subscription? Ancestry offers an AncestryDNA Insights subscription for about $59/year which would give access to all of the DNA tools but not any data/records but you must ca

We are not sure if the FREESHIPDNA code will work with this sale but it does not hurt to try it.

Remember, AncestryDNA also sells its test kits on Amazon.com usually at sale prices when it is having a sale. (Non-AmazonPrime members get free shipping due to the total cost and because it is fulfilled by Amazon; prime members just get quicker 2-day shipping for free.) However, for this sale the price of an AncestryDNA kit on Amazon is $78.99 which is $9.99 more than the sale price at Ancestry's website or about the same about as the shipping cost at the Ancestry website depending on where you are having the test kit sent. So do remember to compare pricing before placing an order.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Family Tree DNA Sale for Father's Day, Autosomal & Y-DNA Tests Now on Sale

At Family Tree DNA the Father's Day sale runs until June 18, 2018. Shipping and taxes are extra which vary depending on where the test is shipped. From a while back the shipping cost to Michigan was about $12.95 for one kit which covers the receiving and returning of the test.

On sale for Father's Day are:

Individual Tests
FamilyFinder (autosomal for male or female) regular price $79 ... now $59
Y-37 marker test (for one male) regular price $169 ... now $129
Y-67 marker test (for one male) regular price $268 ... now $219
Y-111 marker test (for one male) regular price $359 ... now $299

Bundles (multiple tests for one person)
FamilyFinder and Y-37 bundle (for one male) regular price $248 ... now $168
FamilyFinder and Y-67 bundle (for one male) regular price $347 ... now $258
FamilyFinder and Y-67 and mtDNA Full Sequence bundle (for one male) regular price $546 ... now $456 
Big Y-500 bundle of the Y-111 + Big Y tests (for one male) regular price $649 ... now $499


Family Tree DNA autosomal DNA test (Family Finder) provides an ethnicity (admixture) report, list of DNA matches, chromosome browser and allows DNA matches to contact a match directly if that match allows it. Once tested, DNA samples are stored so that additional test types (upgrades) can be added if desired. Family Tree DNA is the only genealogy DNA testing company that offers all three DNA test types: autosomal, Y-DNA and mtDNA. No subscription is needed to see/use all the DNA matching features.

Remember if you are adding a test (upgrading) to an existing test you manage, make sure you are signed into that test before making the purchase. If that existing test was done directly with FTDNA the existing spit sample will be used unless there is a problem and in that case FTDNA will contact you. If you are purchasing a test for someone you have not tested yet make sure you are not signed into any existing test you manage that way a spit collection kit will be sent.

Family Tree DNA also offers autosomal DNA transfers. So if you have already tested at another genealogy DNA testing company you can upload your RAW DNA data to get your test into another "pool" of potential DNA matches. The transfer is initially free which lets you see all your matches and use the FamilyFinder-Matrix to compare up to 10 matches. To access additional FamilyFinder tools the cost is just $19 to unlock them.

Family Tree DNA currently accepts autosomal transfers from:
  • Ancestry DNA (V1 and V2 chips)
  • 23andME (V3 and V4 chips) but not its V5 chip in use since Aug. 2017
  • MyHeritageDNA (Transfers from kits tested directly at MyHeritage are completely free with no unlock fee.) 
One thing to note is that transfers of tests on the AncestryDNA V2 chip and the 23andMe V4 chip receive all but the most speculative matches (6th cousin to remote cousins) because these chips are not fully compatible.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Sunday, June 3, 2018

MyHeritageDNA Sale for Father's Day, Autosomal DNA Tests Now $59

MyHeritage has also put its autosomal DNA test on sale for Father's Day. MyHeritageDNA (autosomal) tests regularly $99 each are on sale for $59 each until June 17, 2018. Shipping and taxes are extra.

MyHeritageDNA is one of the newer players in the DNA and genealogy testing niche. Its customer base is more international. As of earlier this year, the company has added a chromosome browser feature and has made its internal member messaging feature free. It also offers an ethnicity/admixture report and a list of DNA matches. No data subscription is needed to see/use all the DNA matching features.

MyHeritageDNA is still offering free DNA transfers so if you already tested at another DNA testing company you can download your RAW DNA data from that site and upload it to MyHeritage. MyHeritageDNA accepts raw DNA data from Family Tree DNA, AncestryDNA (V1 and V2 version chips), and 23andMe (V2, V3 and V4 chips.)

MyHeritageDNA can also be found on Amazon.com sold and shipped by Amazon. But at this time the current price (as of today) is similar to the regular price and not the sale price. Non-AmazonPrime members get free shipping due to the total cost and because it is fulfilled by Amazon; prime members just get quicker 2-day shipping for free. So for this sale it is cheaper to buy it directly from MyHeritage and not thru Amazon.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Save 30 Percent on 23andMe DNA Tests, Father's Day Sale Runs until June 17

For this year's Father's Day, 23andMe has put its tests on sale for 30 percent off plus free gift wrapping until Sunday, June 17th.

The Ancestry Service (autosomal DNA test) regularly $99 is now $69. The Health+Ancestry Service regularly $199 is now $139. Taxes and Shipping are extra.

23andMe Ancestry Service (autosomal DNA) provides an ethnicity (admixture) report, list of DNA matches, chromosome browser and an internal member messaging system. 23andMe also provides a general look at your Y-DNA haplogroup (if male) and mtDNA haplogroup. No subscription is needed to see/use all the DNA matching features. See the 23andMe website to learn more about the Health service option.
23andMe also sells its test kits on Amazon.com and at sale prices when they are having a sale. (Make sure the seller shown is 23andMe fulfilled by Amazon and not sold by a third-party.) Non-Amazon Prime members get free shipping due to the total cost and because it is fulfilled by Amazon; prime members just get quicker 2-day shipping for free.

See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library!
LE

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Don't Forget the Genealogy Open House on June 1 at Mt. Clemens Public Library

Don't forget this Friday, June 1, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. the Macomb County Genealogy Group (MCGG) will hold a Genealogy Open House in the Local History and Genealogy Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library.
 
What is happening at the Open House?
    • Learn about the library's Local History and Genealogy Collection upstairs;
    • Learn about (and use) our MCGG Special Collections located downstairs;
    • Learn how to use the various equipment available in the Gene Room and get any questions you have about the equipment answered;
    • Get research assistance from our volunteers -- bring your questions and problems whether they are with your family research or with using a particular genealogy website;
    • Get help with ethnic research questions -- we have experts in several areas such as Polish, German, English, Scottish, Canadian, French-Canadian, etc.;
    • Work station tables will be set up near electrical outlets in the Auditorium for attendees who bring their laptops;
    • Just starting out? We have a beginner's table in the Auditorium with a moderator to give you some starting advice and answer questions. (Don't worry you will have time to explore our collections and work with our volunteers.);
    • Light refreshments will be available in the auditorium too!


    Please note that unlike our Open House last year which was held when the library was closed due to staff training, this year the library will be open to all patrons during the Open House.

    Do you need to bring anything? If you have a question/problem make sure to bring your information so our volunteers can see what you have done already. Bring a USB drive in case you want to copy/digitize a found record. Bring your laptop if you want. 

    Get help with your research and socialize with other family historians/genealogists too. The cost? Free! MCGG members and anyone who is curious about researching their family tree are welcome to attend.

    See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 
    LE

    Monday, May 28, 2018

    This Friday, June 1, is the MCGG Open House at Mt. Clemens Public Library

    This Friday, June 1, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. the Macomb County Genealogy Group (MCGG) will hold a Genealogy Open House in the Local History and Genealogy Room of the Mount Clemens Public Library. (Yes, we decided to reschedule our Open House that got cancelled due to the burst pipe back in January.)

    Come learn about this great collection. Take a tour upstairs and down. Watch demonstrations on how to use the scanning equipment. Learn tips for using the local database computer. We will have a beginner's table as well as consultations.


    Get help with your research and socialize with other family historians/genealogists too. The cost? Free! If you have a laptop feel free to bring it to use the library's in-house resources and pick up some tips and tricks.

    MCGG members and anyone who is curious about researching their family tree are welcome to attend.

    See you soon at Mt. Clemens Public Library! 

    LE